Hamilton tops practice for Chinese GP

By on Friday, April 10, 2015
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton set the pace during Friday’s practice sessions for the Chinese Grand Prix as he ended running almost half a second faster than Ferrari’s Kimi Räikkönen.

Hamilton posted a time of 1:37.219 during low-fuel runs on Option tyres to finish 0.443s ahead of Räikkönen.

Daniel Ricciardo remained in the garage for the first half of the session but posted the third quickest time for Red Bull, just over a second down on Hamilton.

Sebastian Vettel recovered from an early spin to go fourth, while Nico Rosberg ran wide at the final corner on his hot lap and was fifth.

Daniil Kvyat was sixth for Red Bull but his session ended in the barriers after he suffered a brake failure.

Kvyat left the pits with a brake problem and Red Bull informed him to return slowly to the garage, but as he lifted off for the hairpin he skated into the gravel and nudged the barriers, damaging the front wing on his RB11.

Williams’ Valtteri Bottas was seventh while Sauber’s Felipe Nasr was eighth.

Romain Grosjean returned to the cockpit of the Lotus E23 Hybrid after sitting out the first session in favour of reserve pilot Jolyon Palmer and finished ninth, with Jenson Button rounding out the top 10 for McLaren.

Pastor Maldonado was 11th fastest, ahead of Fernando Alonso, Marcus Ericsson and the Toro Rosso pair of Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz Jr.

Nico Hülkenberg placed 16th for Force India, ahead of Felipe Massa, whose session ended when his rear tyres locked under braking for the hairpin, pitching the Brazilian into a lurid spin. The front of the Williams was slightly damaged after Massa swiped the barriers and the session was briefly halted while his car was recovered.

Sergio Pérez was 18th quickest, ahead of Manor Marussia duo Roberto Merhi and Will Stevens. The Briton spent much of the session in the garage due to a power unit problem but was able to return to the circuit for the final few minutes.

One worrying aspect was the appearance of a spectator, who darted across the pit straight from the outside of the circuit – between the cars of Ericsson and Hülkenberg – before leaping across the pit wall. The person was apprehended by circuit officials and then handed over to police.

144Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:37.21932
27Kimi RäikkönenFerrari1:37.6620.44335
33Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing1:38.3111.09224
45Sebastian VettelFerrari1:38.3391.12030
56Nico RosbergMercedes1:38.3991.18035
626Daniil KvyatRed Bull Racing1:38.7371.51810
777Valtteri BottasWilliams1:38.8501.63127
812Felipe NasrSauber1:39.0321.81326
98Romain GrosjeanLotus1:39.1421.92332
1022Jenson ButtonMcLaren1:39.2752.05629
1113Pastor MaldonadoLotus1:39.4442.22530
1214Fernando AlonsoMcLaren1:39.7432.52427
139Marcus EricssonSauber1:39.7512.53233
1433Max VerstappenToro Rosso1:39.8942.67532
1555Carlos SainzToro Rosso1:39.9712.75228
1627Nico HulkenbergForce India1:40.1512.93228
1719Felipe MassaWilliams1:40.4233.2047
1811Sergio PerezForce India1:40.8683.64924
1998Roberto MerhiMarussia1:42.9735.75427
2028Will StevensMarussia1:44.5647.3458

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